Esao Andrews

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Esao Andrews
Born May 22, 1978 (1978-05-22)
Mesa, Arizona
Nationality American
Education School of Visual Arts in New York City
Known for Painting
Movement Pop Surreal, Cartoon-Tainted Abstract Surrealism

Esao Andrews is an American painter, working with oil on wood panels.[1] His work blends Gothic grotesque, erotic and surrealism.

Life[edit]

Andrews was born and grew up in Mesa, Arizona[1] where he attended Red Mountain High School. He designed skateboards for Baker Skateboards.[1]

Work[edit]

Andrews has exhibited in group shows; one with John John Jesse, and another with Travis Louie and Tara McPherson. He has produced cover art for Circa Survive's EP The Inuit Sessions, album Juturna,[citation needed] as well as their May 2007 release, On Letting Go. His later work was also featured on the cover of their third full-length album Blue Sky Noise, Appendage (EP) and Circa's 2012 release of Violent Waves.

Andrews recently had a story published in the original Fables graphic novel 1001 Nights of Snowfall. He cites Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Alfons Mucha, and Joe Sorren as influences.[1]

Andrews has said, when asked about possible work as an illustrator;[2]

...I’ve never actively pursued it. I submitted for American Illustration last year, but didn’t get in. I was aiming for book covers.

Andrews participated in the 2002 BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London.[3]

On the subject of the diversity of his work, Andrews states that he is constantly looking for new subject matter as he does not want to become known for one subject. Andrews also stated when asked about 'good vs evil' in his work that he thinks more along the lines of dominant versus subordinate; that he is attempting to catch a moment of mystery or deviousness in his work.[4]

...I'm afraid of becoming labelled. I'm young and I'm early in my career, but things have been picking up, and I've become obsessed with this issue. Like, I don't want to be known as one of those people that paints wide-eyed girls. I've been trying to diversify my subject matter and not necessarily always include funny elements like I usually do.

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